Just the thought of 'couch to half marathon' makes my knees hurt
Granted I am in the over 40 "masters" age group LOL! Whatever you do, be careful and listen to your body. A lot of beautiful running careers come to a screeching early demise by starting out too aggressive.
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I'm signed up for a half in June and don't have much prior experience but I'm planning on a walk/run with probably 4 minutes walking and 1 running or 4/2 depending on how training goes prior to that. I've signed up with Team in Training so there are coaches to work with and they think it's a viable goal given my fitness level and the time to train before the race. Figure out what your minimum average pace has to be in order to make the time limit and go from there.
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I just started running about 5 weeks ago and can now run 4 miles pretty well. I was happy to prepare for a 5k but as i progressed I realize I can do a 10k or even a half marathon. I am using Hal Higdon's training program, pretty good so far.
Considering your current base, I believe you can safely train with the Galloway method. However, I think you mentioned a 3 hour cut-off. That seems aggressive for a first Half-Marathon. A later event with a more generous time limit may be ideal.
Ultimately, follow your heart and listen to your body.
As I mentioned to John, I would recommend that you do one or the other. And if your goal is to run, than you should maybe consider doing a half next year at this time so you build a solid running base before you must increase your mileage.
If you can walk a 16 minute per mile pace that is roughly a 3 1/2 hour finishing time for a half marathon. Check the website and see what they say.
Well during the half marathon I want to run as much as i possibly can so i wont just be walking I just don't want to take longer than the time that is allotted to me! I'm not sure what my time goal should be though =( Hopefully i will walk then run than walk and run again (interval) its just hard to know how to calculate a goal like that!
Edited by: SWEETWILDCHERRY at: 1/22/2013 (22:23)
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My opinion is it is best to do one or the other...and this has a lot to do with your energy systems and the type of fuel running a race of this duration requires. Remember the fuel you take during your races/runs is not to replenish the glycogen stores (that comes AFTER your runs/race) but is to keep you from dipping into them so you don't bonk.
Not to mention it's hard to cover the 13.1 mile distance with say running 5 miles and then walking 8.1 miles...that is tough to train that way and could still leave one vulnerable to injury.
If you plan on walking the half-marathon, absolutely that is a possibility. Because walking is low impact compared to running, you should have plenty of time to get your mileage on your feet. I was thinking you were going to run--running takes time just so that the body can endure the pounding with each step. Walking on the other hand does not require the same recovery time so you can do it every day. I think if you set your sights on walking the half, you can absolutely be ready.
I just ran the Louisiana half marathon this past Sunday and there were lots of walkers who covered the same distance I did and rightly deserved the medal as much as any other runner out there.
Well right now i can walk for a long distance, recently I walked only about 15k in 3.5 hours (this was just a nice walk with a friend so this was without me pushing my self). And the half marathon I want to sign up for has a 3 hour limit. So I figure that in 6 months I should be able to do 21.5k in 3 hours. What do you guys think?? Generally when I go for walks or hikes (steep incline) I can keep going for 6 hours and not feel overly winded. I don't generally have a problem with distance but I have never been concerned about speed until now. I just really want a good fitness goal like a half marathon but if it's just a pipe dream maybe I should just do the 5k. Based on the activity level I gave you guys do you think I should adjust my goal?
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I second Nancy's advice. Any Half Marathon training program out there requires a fitness base... the following is from Hal Higdons Half Marathon training plan
"BEFORE STARTING TO TRAIN FOR A HALF MARATHON, you need to possess a basic fitness level. And if you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical examination. But assuming no major problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 13.1-mile race.
The following schedule assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race--or take more time to develop an endurance base......"
6 months is FAR too short to go from a non runner to 13.1 miles. even walking such a distance would be potentially problematic.
My advice to you would be to do a slow build up by doing shorter races first ... here is why....
1) Race Experience - there are things that you need to learn to make your event experience smooth and as problem free as possible. You really do not want a half marathon to be the first race you have ever done... all it takes is a bad experience at a major event to turn your first half into your last half.
2) Physical Fitness - It takes a long time to build the necessary fitness, endurance, and strength to complete 13.1 miles. From 1 mile to 10K (6.2 miles) is mostly the same with the exception of needing to simply build the endurance to do so. Your world will change once you venture beyond 10K. Fueling will become an issue that will need to be addressed to cope with blood sugar depletion and bonking at around mile 9.
The whole point of doing an event like this is to bring yourself to a whole new level of fitness, not to train in such a way that will promote burn out and injury. It is VERY easy to get an injury form doing too much too soon...trust me, I have learned the hard way the perils of over training concerning distance.
The running injury club is one club you do NOT want a membership to. Once you join, it will always haunt your steps.
Just my personal opinion based on all the data and research-- that is a very aggressive goal--Mentally we can do anything we put our mind to--but physically it's a whole different ballgame--I would recommend a solid year of running to build up the muscles and connective tissues to run a race of this duration.
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